What We Do

Programs and services offered by Partners value and respect the spirituality and faith of all congregations that open their doors to the community. Designed to stimulate success, Partners changes the way congregations view their role so that their sacred place remains a rich and vital part of the social fabric of a community. Partners helps congregations leverage existing and new resources, solidify their continued relevance, and ensure their own sustainability.

PARTNERS’ PROGRAMS AND SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Training
    Partners offers a variety of programs that help congregations make the most of their assets, leverage fundraising dollars, and communicate their value: New Dollars/New Partners for Your Sacred Place is an intensive program that gives congregations with older buildings the skills and resources to broaden their base of support. It is offered as a year-long training, but can also be customized into one-day trainings. Arts in Sacred Places helps match arts organizations that need space with congregations that have space to share. Food in Sacred Places is Partners newest initiative, centered on issues of health, nutrition, food security, and equitable food systems. The program fosters successful partnerships between sacred places and food justice organizations
  • Consulting Programs
    Partners can help congregations and communities with services that include capital campaign consulting, adaptive or community use of underused or closed sacred places, and economic valuation studies.
  • Research
    Partners’ foray into research began in the late 1990s with discussion among staff, board members, and supporters about how to better understand the role that religious congregations played in providing social services to their communities, which culminated in the groundbreaking publication Sacred Places at Risk. Other topics include identifying exemplary social service programs housed in historic sacred places, gathering and analyzing data on congregation-hosted arts programs, and documenting how congregations that host social service programs positively contribute to the economic health and vitality of their communities.
  • Regional Offices
    Partners offers training, technical assistance and capital improvement grants through its Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Texas Offices.
  • Workshops and Conferences
    Partners’ staff speaks on a variety of topics at national and regional conferences throughout the country.
  • Publications
    Some of Partners’ books include Your Sacred Place Is a Community Asset: A Tool Kit to Attract New Resources and Partners and The Complete Guide to Capital Campaigns for Historic Churches and Synagogues.
  • Information Center
    This web-based resource provides information related to the care and use of older sacred places.
  • Advocacy Initiatives
    Partners works with civic leaders, funders, and policymakers, urging them to adopt policies and practices that provide new resources to older religious properties.